(YAHOO) -A mother who was jailed for starving her young daughter to death has been freed from jail after serving just half of her original sentence.
Angela Gordon, 42, was sentenced to 15 years in February 2010 following the death of daughter Khyra Ishaq, 7, in May 2008.
The child was found dead and skeletal, weighing just 2st 9lb, losing 40% of her body weight after catching a chest infection.
Gordon, who is mentally ill, forced Khyra to stand outside in freezing weather in just her underwear and was beaten with a bamboo cane along with five other children.
Birmingham Crown Court heard how Khyra’s stepdad, Junaid Abuhamza, made the children eat out of bowls in their bedroom – if they were fed at all.
Gordon made the youngsters follow the strict code so they would learn “about being dutiful to your parents”.
Gordon admitted manslaughter while Abuhamza pleaded guilty to manslaughter by diminished responsibility and was also jailed over Khyra’s death, and for subjecting five other children to horrific cruelty.
Khyra’s father, Ishaq Abu-Zaire, from Birmingham, has lashed out at the decision to release Gordon after seven years.
He said: “I got a letter from the NSPCC to say she had been released around April time, but no one from the authorities has been in touch. It is ridiculous.